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Taylor Swift has been named Billboard’s 2014 Woman of the Year and is the first artist to receive this honor twice. The award is given to a female artist who “has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation over the past twelve months.”
“As one of the most influential artists of her generation, Taylor Swift has seen incredible success on the Billboard charts,” Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, said. “Over the course of her career, she’s charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 — the most of any female artist since her debut in 2006. We are tremendously excited to be honoring her as the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year for the second time.” Continue Reading
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David Nail has learned from some of the best in the business when it comes to touring. He recently launched his I’m A Fire Tour and is applying the lessons he picked up from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker.
“When we were out with Taylor Swift, I’d watch the show, and all I could think was, ‘Man, there’s so much room for error!’” Nail told People. “How you’re able to put 100 percent into your performance like she does, singing and walking down steps that are two feet wide and have no railing, it seems like there are too many things that could go wrong. She makes it look easy.” Continue Reading
Taylor Swift’s 2014 album, 1989.
Summer is over, but the country music scene is heating up! Several of country’s biggest stars are releasing new music as summer draws to a close. Here are 10 albums you need to hear:
Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival Kenny Chesney took 2014 off from touring to focus on his latest project, The Big Revival, out September 23. The album’s catchy lead single, “American Kids,” is flying up the charts.
Florida Georgia Line – Anything Goes Florida Georgia Line’s sophomore album, Anything Goes, which includes their new single, “Dirt,” is one of the most anticipated releases this year. Anything Goes will be on store shelves October 14.
Taylor Swift – 1989 While technically a pop album, Taylor Swift’s 1989 is sure to be a hot seller. The lead single, “Shake It Off,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Continue Reading
Taylor Swift wrote her hit song “Mean” about a harsh music critic and it became an anthem for anti-bullying. Swift, who has said she was bullied in middle school, recently reached out to a young fan via Instagram, who left a comment expressing apprehension over starting another school year at a school where she is a victim of bullying. Swift’s responses to the girl was powerful.
“It’s okay to wonder how you could try so hard and still get stomped all over,” she wrote. “Just don’t let them change you or stop you from singing or dancing around to your favorite song.” The full message is available below. Continue Reading
Taylor Swift debuted “Shake It Off” from her upcoming album and shared the new music video during her worldwide Yahoo live stream event on Monday. In front of a group of fans hand-picked to be in the studio, Swift revealed that she had three surprises to share. Up first was the announcement of her new single, “Shake It Off.” The song is pure pop and unlike anything Swift has recorded before.
“I’ve had to learn a pretty tough lesson in the past couple years that people can say whatever they want about at any time, and we cannot control that,” she said. “The only thing we can control is our reaction to that … You can either let it get to you … [or] you just shake it off.”
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Taylor Swift teased fans all last week with clues via social media, hinting at a big announcement coming soon. She finally revealed plans for a worldwide live video stream from New York City. The event will take place on Monday, August 18 at 5PM ET via Yahoo Screen. For her first clue, Swift posted an Instagram video showing her pressing the number 18 in an elevator. She then posted a screen shot of her phone that read “5:00” with an adorable photo of her her kitten, Olivia Benson, as the background. Her third clue was an image of Yahoo’s website. Continue Reading
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Taylor Swift is almost as well-known for her acts of kindness as she is for her music. Over the weekend, Swift surprised Jordan Lee Nickerson, a 6-year-old cancer patient, at the Boston Children’s Hospital where he is undergoing treatment, reports People. Nickerson suffers from William Syndrome, underwent open heart surgery when he was 18 months old, and late last month, was diagnosed with leukemia.
Nickerson’s family recorded parts of Swift’s visit with the adorable little boy, who had just met Spider Man the day before. “I know you always sing songs for people,” Nickerson told Swift. “I do,” she confirmed. “I love singing songs for people, but I want to sing a song for you more than all the other people.” Continue Reading
Taylor Swift is known for her songs about love – falling in love, out of love, and everything in between. She has also been involved in some high-profile relationships with the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer and Harry Styles. So, when a young fan reached out to her via Instagram for relationship advice, Swift offered her some sage words of wisdom.
“@taylorswift can you give me some advice maybe. I love you,” wrote Hannah, who went on to explain that she was in love with a guy who had a girlfriend and would never like her back. After complimenting Hannah’s eyes, Swift addressed Hannah’s heart.
“About this guy,” she wrote. “I think we grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized. When you have a broken heart, the first thing a stranger will ask is ‘how long were you two together?’ As if your pain can be determined by how long you were with someone. Or if you were with them at all. I don’t think that’s how it works. I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It’s just as crushing and just as thrilling. Continue Reading
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Taylor Swift, Eric Church and Zac Brown Band are among the artists who will perform during the all-genre 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival. None of them are strangers to the festival. Swift performed at the 2012 event while Church was in the lineup of the first iHeartRadio Country Festival in March.
Additional artists scheduled to take part in the iHeartRadio Music Festival include Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille and Steve Aoki. Continue Reading
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Florida Georgia Line has broken a record previously held by Taylor Swift. The duo’s new single, “Dirt,” earned 127 Mediabase radio adds last week, making it the most-added song on country radio in one week since adds have been recorded. Swift previously held the record for 116 adds of her 2012 single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. “Dirt” is the lead single from the duo’s upcoming album and a bit of a departure from what fans expect from the pair.
“We’re trying to step our game up,” Brian Kelley said. “We’ve got a couple of awesome songs that we’re pumped about everybody hearing. [We] can’t wait to get the new stuff out. It’s definitely [going to] have evolved from record one, but it’s still going to have that FGL feel, but we’re going to take some chances here and there.” Continue Reading